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Friday, January 4, 2013
Harbaugh expects Lewis to be 'full speed'

By Jamison Hensley


After Ray Lewis announced that he would retire at the end of the season, the next question was what kind of impact would the Ravens linebacker make. Lewis hasn't played in a game since tearing his triceps on Oct. 14.

But coach John Harbaugh clarified Lewis' status for Sunday's wild-card game, saying he expects Lewis not to be limited for the final game (or games) of his Hall of Fame career.

"Ray’s an incredible rehab guy, and he probably could have played, but it would have been a big risk," Harbaugh said Friday. "We felt like we could get our positioning in the playoffs, and then bring Ray back when the injury had the best chance to be completely healed, which is 12 weeks after the injury. He’s ready to go. He’s going to play in this game. He should be full speed.”

That's been the amazing aspect of Lewis' career. He's played 17 seasons and he's been an every-down linebacker for each one. It remains to be seen how many snaps Lewis will get Sunday. But when he's on the field, you can apparently expect him to be at full speed.